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Spain: More stable cherimoya prices this campaign

Although the subtropical fruits campaign will apparently not be easy for producers from Granada's Tropical Coast due to the weather, the second generation family business Frutas Rafael Manzano e Hijos S.L. will focus for another year on the product that better represents it in the market: cherimoyas.

The heavy rains, which affected the flowering, and the hailstorms that took place in late August, have resulted in a considerable reduction of the yield per hectare, as well as in smaller calibres than usual. Although, on the positive side, this will lead to more stable prices than in previous campaigns, as according to Bruno Crabé, commercial manager of Frutas Rafael Manzano e Hijos S.L., "it is a product whose prices generally plunge when production volumes peak."

"We have been shipping this product to the domestic and European export markets for fifteen days, with smooth sales, both to supermarkets and wholesalers. We still believe that to ensure the future of cherimoyas it is paramount to expand its sales in Spain, not only because of its consumer culture, but also because the fruit arrives in better conditions after a shorter journey," explains Bruno Crabé.

Furthermore, mango prices are skyrocketing due to the severe lack of supply, something which occasionally has an effect on sales. But this will probably change in future campaigns. "If no adverse weather conditions arrive next year, mangoes will flood the market, as a lot has been planted in the past two years."

In the case of Bacon avocados, which started being harvested last week, there are better calibres and a better quality this year. For now, they are being commercialised successfully and prices are satisfactory.

Frutas Rafael Manzano e Hijos S.L. will once again have a stand at Madrid's Fruit Attraction (Building 9, stand C06), although it will be larger this year to offer its clients greater comfort. From 16 to 18 October it will promote, among others, its flagship brand Manzano Exclusive and will present its new brand Bio Manzano for organic avocados, which will mainly be oriented towards the Swiss, French and Austrian markets.

For more information:
Bruno Crabé
Frutas Rafael Manzano e Hijos S.L.
Poli. Ind. "La Gasolinera", 43-44
Salobreña, Granada. Spain.
T +34958612597
M +34627566506

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